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Today's News

  • Stocks waver as investors await Fed speech

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks wavered between modest gains and losses Wednesday ahead of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's latest assessment on the health of the U.S. economy.

    Bernanke is expected to discuss the job market, inflation and the prospects for economic growth in a news conference following the conclusion of the Fed's two-day policymaking meeting. Investors want to know when the Fed will begin raising interest rates. They also expect the Fed to confirm that its $600 billion bond-buying program will end as scheduled in June.

  • Tanks, reinforcements sent to besieged Syrian city

    BEIRUT (AP) — The Syrian army sent more tanks and reinforcements into Daraa on Wednesday as part of a widening crackdown against opponents of President Bashar Assad's authoritarian regime, and gunfire and sporadic explosions were heard in the tense southern city.

    In addition to the unrest in Daraa — where the uprising began more than five weeks ago — security forces conducted sweeping arrests and raids elsewhere in the country, residents said. Witnesses and human rights activists also said the army deployed tanks around the Damascus suburb of Douma and the coastal city of Banias, the site of large demonstrations recently.

  • 7 dead as storms pound South for 2nd straight day--video extra

    EDOM, Texas (AP) — Violent weather ripped through the South for a second straight night, killing at least seven people from Arkansas to Alabama, damaging homes in a rural Texas community and spreading destruction into Georgia and Tennessee.

    The latest round of severe weather Tuesday night and early Wednesday came after a series of powerful storms killed 10 people in Arkansas and one in Mississippi.

    A police officer on a camping trip was killed while shielding his daughter when the storm ripped through a state park in northern Mississippi. The victim, from Covington, La., was not immediately identified.

  • Obama releases birth form, decries 'silliness'

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Responding to critics' relentless claims, President Barack Obama on Wednesday produced a detailed Hawaii birth certificate in an extraordinary attempt to bury the issue of where he was born and confirm his legitimacy to hold office. He declared, "We do not have time for this kind of silliness."

    By going on national TV from the White House, Obama portrayed himself as a voice of reason amid a loud, lingering debate on his birth status. Though his personal attention to the issue elevated it as never before, Obama said to Republican detractors and the media, it is time to move on to bigger issues.

  • White House releases Obama birth certificate

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House released the long form of President Barack Obama's birth certificate Wednesday in response to questions about whether he was really born in the U.S.

    The certificate says Obama was born in Hawaii, which makes him eligible to hold the office of president. Obama released a standard short form before he was elected in 2008, but requested copies of his original birth certificate from Hawaii officials this week in hopes of quieting the lingering controversy.

  • Officials say New Mexico fire burned 71,000 acres

    CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — An eastern New Mexico fire chief said Tuesday that a mid-April grass fire burned about 71,000 acres — more than four times the original estimate.

    Melrose Fire Chief Kenny Jacobs said he drove the fire line last week and found it covered 25 miles and was more than four miles wide in most areas.

    The Clovis News Journal reported Jacobs was incident commander for the fire, which broke out April 17 and burned in Curry and Roosevelt counties.

    Officials said the blaze started near Melrose when sparks set grass on fire after a tire blew out on a vehicle. The fire burned three houses and a barn and killed or injured about 100 head of cattle.

  • In a first, women surpass men in advanced degrees

    WASHINGTON (AP) — For the first time, American women have passed men in gaining advanced college degrees as well as bachelor's degrees, part of a trend that is helping redefine who goes off to work and who stays home with the kids.

    Census figures released Tuesday highlight the latest education milestone for women, who began to exceed men in college enrollment in the early 1980s. The findings come amid record shares of women in the workplace and a steady decline in stay-at-home mothers.

  • UK police: Wedding guests to face security checks--video extra

    LONDON (AP) — British police say guests at the royal wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton will have to pass through security checks to enter Westminster Abbey.

    Police would not say what methods will be used. Some 5,000 police will be deployed at the wedding and 60 people have already been arrested in pre-wedding sweeps.

    Metropolitan Police Commander Christine Jones said Wednesday that there is no intelligence suggesting any new terrorist threats against the royal wedding.

    She says Internet chatter is being monitored and asks the public to be on alert for suspicious behavior.

  • Be There 04-26-11

    Wednesday
    Earth Day Talk: Foundation of Sustainable Energy, 7 p.m. at Fuller Lodge. Dr. Donald O’Sullivan from Los Alamos National Laboratory will give a free talk sponsored by Pajarito Environmental Education Center and the lab. LANL participated in the oil spill clean-up at the N.M. gas outage recovery — hear what advances are being made in greening our infrastructure.

    Los Alamos Medical Center’s community education series, “To Your Health,” will feature a presentation on the hereditary aspects of breast and ovarian cancer, by Dr. Kathryn Zerbach of Los Alamos Surgical Associates at 6:30 p.m. in the Large Conference Room. For more information, call 661-9165.

    Thursday

  • Community announcements 04-26-11

    Volunteers needed
    The Fuller Lodge Art  Center needs up to a dozen new volunteers. Volunteers sit at the reception desk, greet visitors as they enter and handle any sales. Often visitors have questions about Los Alamos and the interactions with the volunteers become part of their vacation experience. Volunteers are assisted by Fuller Lodge Art Center staff members, as needed. Shifts available are from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. or 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Call Amy Bjarke at 662-1635 or email gallery@fullerlodgeartcenter.com.

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